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Northern Ireland dealer fined for clocking

Omagh Magistrates have fined used car dealer Mark Allen £1,600 for clocking cars and supplying false service histories.

Allen, of Mantlin Park, Kesh, had also advertised 10 cars for sale in Auto Trader magazine. In each advertisement he had claimed to be a private seller.

Allen pleaded guilty to one charge under the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 and ten under the Fair Trading Act 1973. Allen was also ordered to pay £1,500 compensation to the buyer of the vehicle and £10 costs.

The court heard that in December 2006, Trading Standards received a complaint from a consumer who had bought a Toyota Rav4 from the defendant who falsely identified himself as a seller from Dromore, County Tyrone.

The mileage on the vehicle had been reduced from 134,000 to 64,000.

Allen also gave the buyer a forged service history which supported this lower mileage.

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